Police are searching for the gunman who murdered a child protection specialist in an execution-style killing in front of her children yesterday morning. Lakisha Scriven, a 30-year-old supervisor for caseworkers for the Administration for Child Services, was leaning into her car to help her two daughters, ages 5 and 8, buckle their seat belts before bringing them to school when a gunman pulled her from the vehicle and shot her in the back of the head. "He dragged her kicking and screaming from the van. She puts up a struggle, but he shoots her," a police source told the Post.
The children didn't recognize the shooter, who is described as a slim black man wearing an orange jacket. Police have not identified a suspect or a motive. Yesterday, investigators questioned the victim's boyfriend, Clarence White, who is the father of Scriven's children. Neighbors told WCBS they never heard the couple fighting, but the Post reports that they had a history of domestic violence. The tabloid notes that police don't think the crime is connected to her job as a casework supervisor, but more likely stems from "a personal relationship."
The Times reports that the couple had been living together in a Furman Avenue apartment, but Scriven asked White to move out after a dispute on Friday. Yesterday was supposed to be the first day of the couple's new arrangement, in which they would split childcare duties with Scriven bringing the children to school and White picking them up.